Betsy Hjelmgren, MS, RDN, CSP, LDN:

Our Founder

Betsy Hjelmgren hadn’t planned on graduating from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign with a degree in nutrition, but completing a Food Science class early in her college career re-routed the path which brought her where she is today. A registered pediatric dietitian and founder of Feed to Succeed, Betsy understands the anxiety and fear that arise when life’s plans are altered.

“Many parents don’t count on dealing with food allergies or picky eating or feeding tubes when they start down the path to parenthood,” Betsy explains. “So when expectations are challenged, we have an opportunity to create a new roadmap – made up of foods and liquids – that get our patients back on track so they can meet their nutritional and developmental milestones.”

Licensed in the State of Illinois since 1999, Betsy began her career in pediatric nutrition at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, where she spent four years on staff and faculty before accepting a position at Children’s Memorial (now Lurie Children’s Hospital) in 2003.  Betsy earned her certification as a board certified specialist in pediatric nutrition (CSP) before opening Glenview-based Feed to Succeed in 2008. Betsy continues professional development training to maintain her credentials.

“All of my childhood memories are of food and family. Sunday morning doughnuts on a sandy beach, homemade cakes for birthdays, gardening with my dad and holidays at my grandparents’ home,” Betsy recalls. “An important pillar of Feed to Succeed is helping people stay food-positive. We show them how to be their healthiest, while giving them the flexibility to fit their favorite foods into a healthier lifestyle.”

An avid runner since joining the cross-country team at age 12, Betsy hasn’t stopped running yet.  A Chicago Marathon finisher – and a mom of two who always keep her on her feet – Betsy is content to “run myself into the ground, so long as I can keep eating my favorites: ice cream, butter and peanut butter!”

More From Betsy

Spring Newsletter

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Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 6, Episode 9: Is it your accent, or your doctor? Things that get in the way of your diagnosis.

Have you ever wondered if your cultural background affects your medical care and diagnoses? Betsy and Jen tackle a difficult subject – cultural biases in healthcare and why not everything can be fixed with a pill. How do you know when your child is one of the

Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 6, Episode 8: School lunch during the COVID days!

What to pack, or should I send? Do you have a plan for feeding your kids, in OR out of school?  In this episode, Betsy and Jen discuss eating lunch during the COVID-19 school day, including tips and suggestions for keeping it healthy, whether your kids are

Feed to Succeed Podcast: Food Safety During COVID-19

Have you wondered about the safety of your groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic? Or is it truly safe to eat take-out? What about school lunch safety, with many kids heading back into the classroom? Listen to this amazingly informative podcast, with Betsy, Jen, and special guest Dr.

Staying Healthy While at Home: Season 6, Episode 6

Have you felt as if you have had a hard time staying healthy during quarantine? Us too! In this episode, Betsy and Jen discuss how to eat well and stay active while stuck at home and strategies you can use to help yourself stay on track when

How Does Your Home Garden Grow? Season 6, Episode 6 Betsy and Jen discuss at home gardening. Did you know that even this late in the summer, there is still time to plant vegetables and have them ready to eat in the fall? You can hear all about that, Jen’s indoor LED light gardens, and more

Media Appearances

Voyage Chicago Interview – Nov 2018

Betsy is interviewed about work-life-balance.

North Shore Pediatric Therapy – Aug 2016

Betsy wrote a guest blog about the importance of Early Intervention


  • Celiac Disease
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Failure to Thrive (FTT)
  • low FODMAPS diet
  • Food-based tube diets
  • Food intolerances
  • General GI issues
  • IBD
  • IBS
  • Medically complex children
  • Tube feeding

Past Speaking Events

  • “Obesity: From Cradle to College”, North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, October 2019.
  • “Fueling the Teen Athlete”, Teams Elite Synchronized Skating Club, Northbrook, IL, September and October 2019.
  • “Fueling Optimal Performance for School and Sport”, Parents in Partnership, Glenview School District 34, Glenview, IL, February 2018.
  • “How to Create A Picky Eater”, North Shore Mom’s Spot, Northbrook, IL, October 2016.
  • “Nutrition and fiber for kids and teens”, Arlington Pediatrics Family Meeting, Arlington Heights, Illinois, April 2015.
  • “Feeding Children with Special Needs”, Laremont School, Gages Lake, Illinois, March 2015.
  • “Healthy Kids, Healthy Eating!”, Pack 163, Den 1, Boy Scouts, Northbrook, Illinois, January 2015.
  • “The low FODMAPs diet for IBS management”, NorthShore Health System, Glenview Park Center, Glenview, Illinois, January 2015.
  • “Living on a restricted diet”, Children’s Gastroenterology Specialists Family Meeting, Glenview, Illinois, October 2014.
  • “Update on nutritional advances for GI disorders”, Pediatrust, Arlington Heights, Illinois, October 2014.
  • “Update on nutritional advances for GI disorders”, Glenbrook Pediatrics, Glenview, Illinois, September 2014.
  • “Update on nutrition advances for children and teens”, Town and Country Pediatrics, Chicago and Glenview, Illinois, 2014.
  • “Update on nutrition advances for children and teens”, Elm Street Pediatrics, Wilmette, Illinois, 2014.
  •  “Nutrition and IBD for kids and teens”, CCFA Annual Conference, Illinois, 2014.
  • “Toddler Nutrition and Picky Eating”, parent groups at Glenbrook North High School 2009, Sauganash School for Young Years 2009.
  • “Digesting the current fiber DRIs – are we meeting the needs of our children?” 23rd Annual Pediatric Nutrition Conference, Establishing Competencies in Pediatric Nutrition, Children Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, February 2008